A drive through the terraced fields takes one to Chaurangi-Khal,
a place 29 kms. from Uttarkashi. From there 3 kms. trek through
lush green forests takes one to Nachiketa Tal, a tranquil spot.
There is greenery all around and a small temple at the bank of the
lake gives it a serene look. Nachiketa, the devout son of Sage Uddalak,
is said to have created this lake, hence the name. There is no accommodation
facility and visitors have either to come back to Uttarkashi or
stay at the PWD Inspection House at Chaurangi-Khal.
On the way to Gangotri at a distance of about 13 kms. from Uttarkashi,
Maneri has lately emerged as a place of tourist interest as a result
of the construction of a dam across the Bhagirathi river, from where
the water is fed to the turbines through an 8 kms. long tunnel at
Tiloth in Uttarkashi. The resultant lake at Maneri has added to
the charm of the place.
Further up on way to Gangotri about 26 km.s from Maneri, is the
hot water spring at Gangnani, where one can have refreshing bath
in the kund called Rishikund. There is a temple near the kund dedicated
to the Sage Parashar, believed to be the father of Ved Vyas.
The Bhagirathi valley is most enchanting and preserves many colourful
spots it its lap. Situated at a distance of 73 kms. from Uttarkashi
on way to Gangotri, at an elevation of 2620mts., this sylvan hamlet
is famous for its natural beauty and delicious apples.
Accommodation : Tourist Rest House, PWD Inspection House and Forest
Rest House exist here for the travelers.
Dodi Tal is situated at an elevation of 3307 mts. north of Uttarkashi
and is surrounded by dense forests of oak, deodar and rhododendrons.
The crystal clear lake is full of rare fishes like the Himalayan
Golden Trouts. The trek to Dodi Tal commences from Uttarkashi to
Kalyani and is approachable by motor. Kalyani to Agoda is a gradual
trek through woods, fields and villages. The 17 kms. trek from Agoda
to Dodi Tal is steep and passes through thick forests.
On way to Uttarkashi Bhaironghati is a place where one can stay
and enjoy the mountainous landscape. A temple of Bhairon Devta here
is visited by scores of pilgrims. The awe-inspiring lofty peaks,
deep gorge of Jahnavi and Bhagirathi rivers with a bridge at a considerable
altitude from river level flowing below and the towering deodar
trees provide a rare natural bonanza.
Bugyal in the local language means "high altitude meadow",
The road to Dayara Bugyal branches off near Bhatwari a place on
Uttarkashi-Gangotri road about 28 kms. from Uttarkashi. Vehicles
can go up to the village of Barsu from where one has to trek a distance
of about 8 kms. to reach Dayara and other route is via village Raithal,
10 kms. from Bhatwari, from where one has to trek about 7 kms. to
Dayara Bugyal. Situated at an elevation of about 3048 mts., this
vast meadow is second to none in natural beauty. During winter it
provides excellent ski slopes over an area of 28 sq. kms. The panoramic
view of the Himalayas from here is breathtaking. There is a small
lake in the area and to camp by this side is a memorable event.From
this spot one can trek down to Dodi-Tal which is about 22 kms. away,
through dense forests.
Sat-Tal, meaning seven lakes, is situated just above Dharali, 2
kms. beyond Harsil. The trek of about 5 kms. is rewarding as this
group of lakes is situated amid beautiful natural surroundings.
It also provides lovely camp sites.
This spectacular and enchanting lake is situated at a distance of
about 18 kms. from Gangotri, negotiable through a rough and tough
mountain trail. The trek is very tiring and there are testing moments
even for a hardly trekker. There is no facility of any kind on the
way and one has to make all arrangements in advance. A local guide
is a must. The lake is crystal clear with the mighty Thalaysagar
(Sphatikl-ing) peak forming a splendid backdrop. The place is about
4000 mts. above sea-level and is the base camp for trekking to the
Thalaysagar, jogin, Bhrigupanth and other peaks.
The Gaumukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganga) and is held
in high esteem by the devouts who do not miss the opportunity to
have a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water. It is 18 kms. trek
from Gangotri. The trek is easy and at times people come back to
Gangotri the same day.
Accommodation : There is a Tourist Rest House and Lal Baba Ashram
at Bhojbasa, 14 kms. from Gangotri where lodging and other facilities
are available. Private Tents are also available as Dormetry system.
Charges of this Dormatery system is 60-70 Rs. with Dinner per head.
5 km. from Yamunotri , it is noted for its thermal springs, where
tourists can enjoy a refreshing bath.
13 km. from Yamunotri. The confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna rivers, from where the trek to Dodi Tal (3,307 mts) starts.
Route: Rishikesh-Barkot-Hanumanchatti-Yamunotri. Hanumanchatti-Darvatop-Dodital-Agora-Uttarkashi-Rishikesh. Porters and ponies are available at Hanumanchatti. Rates
are fixed by District Magistrate before the start of every Yatra season.
27 km. from Barkot & 18 km. from Yamunotri is a scenic spot
on the banks of river Yamuna.
Situated at an elevation of 1,524 ,mt, it is a picturesque place
commanding a panoramic view of the Himalayas. Road from here bifurcates
for Mussoorie, New Tehri and Rishikesh.
of Goddess Yamuna
The temple was built by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in the 19th century.
It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again.
The temple remains closed from November to April/ May.
A rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.